EUGENE VON BRUENCHENHEIN AT GALERIE CHRISTIAN BERST
The first monographic exhibition in Europe for more than 20 years of the American outsider artist Eugene Von Bruenchenhein (1910-83). Thanks to his prolific photographic output, mainly comprising pictures of his wife, Von Bruenchenhein’s renown has extended beyond the amateur circles of Art Brut. In 1943 he married Eveline Kalke and she became his inspiring muse and the subject of all his art. He made hundreds of portraits of her decked out with Christmas decorations, patterned fabric and copper crowns, in often-erotic poses, seated on a chair in front of a setting that had been cobbled together. He worked daylong in the privacy – and total secrecy – of his kitchen, obsessively dedicating himself to his work, persuaded that his birth during the year of the passage of Halley’s Comet was irrefutable proof that the gods had bestowed artistic genius on him. “I come from another world,” he would say. Von Bruenchenhein, along with several other self-taught artists, is featured in the 2013 Venice Biennale, The Encyclopedic Palace (until 24 Nov), and was recently included in The Alternative Guide to the Universe at London’s Hayward Gallery.
Until 23 Nov. 2-7pm. Closed Sun, Mon.
3-5 Passage des Gravilliers, 3rd. www.christianberst.com